Chicken Breast serving size

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Posted: 11 Oct 2011, 16:54
Has anyone figured out the serving size for chicken breast?

Does one medium breast mean A) one piece of boneless skinless chicken that we buy frozen in the bag or B) a medium chicken without legs and wings? (2 pieces of A)

Trying to figure out what I really ate!

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Posted: 11 Oct 2011, 21:57
I usually go by weight until I can visualize it. If you already ate it and don't have a scale, think about this - 4 oz. is about the size of a deck of cards. The chicken breasts can vary a lot in size. I have some big ones that are like 6-8 oz, but there are also smaller/thinner ones that are 4 oz portions.

Anyway, ounces is a better way to measure than small/medium/large.

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Posted: 11 Oct 2011, 22:19
i use a scale as well.

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Posted: 17 Jan 2012, 08:07
I'm struggling with knowing exactly how to put chicken in my diet calendar. There are so many options - for example I plan on eating 4 oz. grilled chicken for lunch today. (No bone, no skin) Seems like I can never figure out how to enter it. (yield after cooking... raw) I get a different number of calories each time I enter it.

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Posted: 17 Jan 2012, 08:18
For me personally - when at home I use the boneless skinless raw and number of ounces I used. When I get chicken out I still use ounces estimated based based on size and use the boneless skinless cooked since I don't know exactly how it is prepped.
@protractor I usually try to buy chicken fresh then freeze it - some of the bags have a lot of additives

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Posted: 17 Jan 2012, 08:33
The serving size for boneless skinless chicken breasts is 4 ounces uncooked. It is the same for tenderloins (they have less fat) and most meats are based on 4 ounces although I have seen some at 2 and some at 3.

Normally I make an entire broiler pan and this weekend I cooked 66 ounces of raw chicken that yielded 38 ounces cooked. You have to use the uncooked weight. You can enter fractions of a serving size on here. What I did to make it easier was I divided the 6 total breasts and figured each one is 2.75 servings (on average). As I eat each one I just record 2.75 servings as I figure it will even out in the long run.

Another trick I learned is to buy a weight of whatever meat you are buying that is easily divisible by the serving size. If you buy chicken breasts buy a package with a weight easily divisible by 4 ounces.
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